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from Orkney

Postcard of Candleholder.
© National Museums Scotland


This hanging candleholder is from Orkney. Made of iron, it dates from the 18th century.

The candleholder has a twisted stem, a hook at the top and a shallow drip pan with a candle socket.

Candles were made from wax or tallow - mutton fat or pig fat, or less commonly, beef fat.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-287-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGI 55
Date: 18th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: Stem 15.85" H; drip pan 2.50" D; socket 1.60" H
What: Candleholder, hanging
Subject: Candleholders (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Orkney
Scotland, Orkney
Description: Hanging candleholder of iron with a twisted stem, a hook at the top and a shallow drip pan, from Orkney, 18th century
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